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Special Criminal Court Charges Sanctioned Commander

(Bangui) – The Special Criminal Court (SCC) in the Central African Republic, in an important step for justice, has brought charges against Capt. Eugène Ngaïkosset, known within the country as “The Butcher of Paoua,” Human Rights Watch said. His…
Special Prosecutor Toussaint Muntazini (right) and five other judges of Central African Republic’s Special Criminal Court (SCC) sit at the National Assembly in Bangui, having been sworn in on June 30, 2017.
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Milestone for Justice for Victims of Conflict Since 2012

Update: On February 8, 2021, the International Criminal Court announced that it had postponed the start of the trial to February 16. Human Rights Watch will send an update on February 15 to confirm that date. Correction: This news release has been…
Alfred Yékatom, left, and Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona, right, taken on Nov. 23, 2018 and Jan. 25, 2019 respectively when they appeared before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands.
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Independent, Thorough Investigation Needed

(Johannesburg) – Angolan authorities should immediately ensure a prompt, independent, and thorough investigation into the killing by security forces of at least 10 unarmed protesters on January 30, 2021 during a protest organized by the Lunda Tchokwe…
Angolan police officers in Benguela, Angola in January 2010.
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Verdict in Dominic Ongwen Case Set for February 4

(The Hague) – The International Criminal Court’s trial of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) leader Dominic Ongwen, in which a verdict is due on February 4, 2021, has been a significant step toward justice for atrocities committed by the group in…
Dominic Ongwen, a Ugandan commander in the Lord’s Resistance Army, waits for the judge to arrive as he made his first appearance at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015.
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Important Step Needs Follow-Up with Higher Level Suspects

The surrender by Central African Republic authorities of the first Seleka-rebel suspect to face charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) is an important step toward justice for serious crimes committed by the two main warring factions in the…
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Government, UN Should Protect Civilians; Advance Accountability

(Nairobi) – A new rebel coalition in the Central African Republic has created havoc in the run-up to the country’s legislative and presidential elections, scheduled for December 27, 2020, Human Rights Watch said today. The new coalition is…
Presidential guards stand guard in Bangui, on December 12, 2020, during the opening campaign rally for incumbent president Faustin-Archange Touadéra, seen in the poster, a candidate in the December 2020 elections.
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One Man Killed; Prominent Activists, Others Beaten

(Johannesburg) – Angolan police used live bullets, teargas, and dogs to disperse a peaceful anti-government protest, killing one protester, in the capital, Luanda, on November 11, 2020, Human Rights Watch said today. Police severely beat the well-…
man lying on gurney. outdoors. paramedics.
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Human Rights Watch Interviewed Militia Leader on Video in 2014

(Nairobi) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) announcement on July 16, 2020 of the upcoming trial of two militia leaders is a significant step for justice for grave crimes committed in the Central African Republic, Human Rights Watch said today,…
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Leaders Should Promote Human Rights Across Region

  (Johannesburg) – Weak domestic and regional institutions undermined human rights in several Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries during 2019, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2020…
A delegate attends the 37th Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government in Pretoria, South Africa, August 19, 2017. © 2017 Reuters
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With New Mandate, UN Forces Should Focus on Protection, Justice

(Nairobi) – The peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic, whose mandate the United Nations Security Council renewed on November 14, 2019, should strengthen civilian protection and maximize its role in securing justice. The…
An internally displaced camp for Peuhl in Sibut, Kemo province, Central African Republic, where survivors of the Amo attack were living in October 2019.
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Drop Case Against ‘Samussuku’ Tshikonde for Insulting President

(Johannesburg, May 17, 2019) – Angolan authorities should investigate alleged police abuse against a political activist and drop the baseless case against him, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 10, 2019 in Luanda…
Angolan activist Hitler “Samussuku” Tshikonde. @2018 Private
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Militia Leaders Should Face Justice Instead

(Nairobi) – Prosecutors in the Central African Republic should investigate militia leaders recently awarded government positions. On March 24, a presidential decree named the armed groups leaders Ali Darassa, leader of the…
From left to right: Sidiki Abass, Mahamat Al Khatim, and Ali Darassa.
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New Killings During Talks; Rebels Seek Amnesty

The peace accord between the government of the Central African Republic and armed groups that was signed on February 6, 2019 should not deter or displace efforts to deliver justice for the gravest crimes committed during the conflict,…
Mahamat Al Khatim, commander of the Central African Patriotic Movement (Mouvement Patriotique pour la Centrafrique, MPC), at the peace deal signing ceremony in Bangui on February 6. Fighters from the MPC have committed abuses that could amount to war crim
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Expectations for Transitions Fall Short

(Johannesburg) – New leadership in key Southern Africa countries renewed hope for greater respect for human rights, but the region’s leaders failed to live up to expectations in 2018, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report…
A delegate attends the 37th Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government in Pretoria, South Africa, August 19, 2017. © 2017 Reuters
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ICC Takes Custody of First Suspect in Second Investigation

  (Nairobi) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) has a new opportunity to deliver justice to victims in the Central African Republic as it takes its first suspect into custody in its investigation of serious crimes committed…
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Serious Abuses Alleged in Diamond Mining Crackdown

(Johannesburg) – The Angolan government should immediately suspend the abusive deportation of migrants from the Democratic Republic of Congo and conduct a prompt and impartial investigation into alleged abuses by state…
Congolese migrants who were living in Angola carry belongings near the Congolese border town of Kamako, on October 12, 2018, after returning to their country following a security crackdown by Angolan authorities. © 2018 SOSTHENE KAMBIDI/AFP/Getty Images
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Peacekeepers Should Protect Displaced People’s Camp

Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic captured and executed at least nine civilians, including seven women, on September 6, 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. The executions around the town of Bria in the Haute-Kotto province…
Civilians and Seleka fighters from the Popular Front for the Renaissance in the Central African Republic (Front Populaire pour la Renaissance de la Centrafrique, FPRC) move the body of Mariam Hussein for burial on September 22, 2018. Hussein was killed t
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In Office a Year, President Lourenço Should Promote Justice

  (Johannesburg) – Angolan President João Lourenço should mark his first year in office by directing his government to investigate past rights abuses by state security forces, Human Rights Watch said…
President João Lourenço of Angola during the 10th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 26, 2018. © 2018 Vladimir Astapkovich / Sputnik via AP
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Political Dialogue Should Not Absolve War Criminals

(Bangui) – A general amnesty as part of the political dialogue in the Central African Republic would be incompatible with the government’s duty to bring those responsible for grave international crimes to justice and with victims’ rights to accountability…
Members of civil society in Bangui, Central African Republic, advocate for justice on the May 11, 2017, commemoration of victims’ day.
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3-Year Terms for Peacekeepers for Mass Murder

(Nairobi) – Three-year prison sentences for three Congolese peacekeepers convicted for the 2014 murder of 11 civilians in the Central African Republic does not reflect the gravity of the crime. The sentences deny justice to the victims…
A memorial dedicated to the commemoration of the 13 people killed by Republic of Congo peacekeepers on March 24, 2014 in Boali, Central African Republic. Twelve of the victims were summarily executed. Credit: Lewis Mudge/Human Rights Watch.